Community Schools@100%: Innovation 2
Ensuring Full Support
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Community Schools.2.1
Project 1: The “do we have enough money to create a community school” project
By now, you should have a pretty good idea of how your school-based support “system” is doing, which schools are already community schools and which are poised to become fully-resourced as a community school. You will want to ask which areas might need improvement or where support is vitally needed. Sometimes, that may be a matter of using existing budgets differently. Often you will discover that the funding simply isn’t there to transform a regular school into a community school. This is where partnerships are important and sharing what we know about funding. Many models exist for creating and maintaining community schools. We need to make that information widely available. If your county has a community school, focus your assessment on all current school-based programs to know the quality and quantity of services for students and parents.
Project: Community Schools.2.2
Project 2: The “Research as much as we can about community schools” project
This research project asks you to dig deeper into the community schools model.
Coalition for Community Schools: https://aae.how/51
University-Assisted Community Schools: https://aae.how/52
Strong Collaborative Relationships for Strong Community Schools — National Education Policy Center: https://aae.how/53
Community School Standards — Institute for Educational Leadership: https://aae.how/54
Becoming a School: A Study of Oakland Unified School District Community School Implementation, 2015–2016 (PDF): https://aae.how/55
Case Studies of Early Childhood Education & Family Engagement in Community Schools — Institute for Educational Leadership: https://aae.how/56
Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools: https://aae.how/57